Air Force releases 2019 Artificial Intelligence Strategy

The Air Force released the Artificial Intelligence Strategy Sept. 12, highlighting the importance of artificial intelligence capabilities to 21st century …
ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) —

The Air Force released the Artificial Intelligence Strategy Sept. 12, highlighting the importance of artificial intelligence capabilities to 21st century missions.

The strategy provides definition, context and purpose for artificial intelligence in the Air Force, and is the service’s annex to the Department of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy.

“The Air Force is charged to provide the nation with Air and Space Superiority, Global Strike, Rapid Global Mobility, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Command Control,” said Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan and Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein in the dual-signed annex. “Al is a capability that will underpin our ability to compete, deter and win across all five of these diverse missions. It is crucial to fielding tomorrow’s Air Force faster and smarter, executing multi-domain operations in the high-end fight, confronting threats below the level of open conflict and partnering with our allies around the globe.”

The strategy serves as the framework for aligning Air Force efforts with the National Defense Strategy and the Department of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy as executed by the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. It details the fundamental principles, enabling functions and objectives necessary to effectively manage, maneuver and lead in the digital age.

“In this return to great power competition, the United States Air Force will harness and wield the most representative forms of AI across all mission-sets, to better enable outcomes with greater speed and accuracy, while optimizing the abilities of each and every Airman,” wrote Secretary Donovan and General Goldfein. “We do this to best protect and defend our nation and its vital interests, while always remaining accountable to the American public.”

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Michael Bennet: Colorado is the obvious choice for the new US Space Command’s home

As space has become increasingly vital to modern communications, military capabilities and emerging technologies, countries like China and Russia …

This week, the Department of Defense will stand up the temporary headquarters for the new U.S. Space Command here in Colorado.

As the department assesses options for a permanent location, it should look no further: the Centennial State is the obvious choice.

Colorado is best positioned to ensure the United States maintains superiority in space.

Sen. Michael Bennet

As space has become increasingly vital to modern communications, military capabilities and emerging technologies, countries like China and Russia have taken steps to challenge the United States.

To ensure our advantage, it is incumbent on the Department of Defense to select the most favorable location for U.S. Space Command’s permanent headquarters.

As the epicenter of national security space, Colorado is the clear option. No other state offers our combination of thriving military and intelligence assets, a robust aerospace industry and a supportive community focused on providing a good quality of life.

A key mandate of the new U.S. Space Command is to integrate elements of our national security apparatus under a unified mission.

Locating our newest combatant command in Colorado would allow it to build on our existing defense and intelligence missions and assets, from Air Force Space Command, to the National Space Defense Center, the 21st and 460th Space Wings and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

These assets include the personnel, missions, secure communications and other infrastructure U.S. Space Command will require to accomplish the mission.

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A permanent U.S. Space Command in Colorado would also have the benefit of one of the most robust and innovative aerospace sectors in America.

Our state is home to over 50,000 aerospace jobs between the public and private sector. We not only have a higher concentration of aerospace jobs than any state in America, we also have the largest per capita aerospace economy, with a payroll of more than $3.5 billion.

Our thriving aerospace sector is in no small part thanks to our state’s strong culture of innovation and partnerships with leading institutions of higher education, from the Colorado School of Mines, which offers ROTC leadership training alongside its advanced engineering degrees, to the University of Colorado-Boulder, which boasts the top aerospace engineering program in the country.

With our robust aerospace workforce, educational pipeline and unmatched quality of life, it is not hard to imagine U.S. Space Command recruiting and retaining top talent for its mission.

In August, I invited Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to see firsthand why our state offers the ideal foundation on which to reestablish U.S. Space Command. As our country prepares for emerging threats in a new century, Colorado stands ready to play its part.

Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, is a U.S. Senator and presidential candidate.

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SOS students pitch ideas to solve Air Force issues using artificial intelligence

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MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. —

Air University’s Squadron Officer School students pitched their initial ideas on how to better certain processes within the Air Force to the school’s commandant, Col. Wayne Straw and a panel of subject matter experts, May 31, 2019, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

The ideas pitched were a part of the SOS elective Think Tank, which challenges SOS students to create solutions for the Air Force’s major issues and then present them to senior leaders.

“Think Tank is an opportunity for a select group of students to tackle a major issue and present creative solutions to senior leaders,” said Lt. Col. Jason Trew, 30th Student Squadron commander. “It is physically, mentally and emotionally challenging and students are expected to work well beyond the SOS curriculum.”

The Air Force captains were asked to curate problems for the newly created United States Air Force – MIT Artificial Intelligence accelerator program, which was developed by the institution in order to better study specific areas of research, such as advanced algorithms and machine learning.

“The rewards for both the students and the Air Force can be enormous,” said Trew. “Team members receive intensive coaching on design principles adapted from the best practices in industry, academia and militaries from across the world. What they learn and practice are directly applicable to the strategic thinking skills that are highly valuable to leaders at all levels. In the past, this approach has generated innovative ideas at all levels of the Air Force.”

The three groups of students had ten minutes to present their idea on how AI can be used to solve big Air Force issues.

The first group asked themselves, if a third of the Air Force budget is spent of people, then how do we optimize the war fighter? Their idea was to utilize AI in a way that could improve the way Airmen are trained.

The second group had a similar approach as the first, but from a maintenance specific perspective. Their idea was to find a way to capture the knowledge and lessons learned from seasoned maintainers and making it easily available for new Airmen.

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